Wednesday, October 24, 2007

I Love You Through and Through

I know this will be no surprise to you veteran parents, but it still continues to surprise me, the Rookie Parent Extraordinaire: Isabelle is learning and growing so fast! Shocking, I know. For example. We read a lot. She's not quite to the TV-holds-my-interest stage, and I'm a reader, soooo I hope it's a forgone conclusion. Anyway, we have books that we read over and over with her.

There is a book called I Love You Through and Through. It says, “I love your top side, and your bottom side. I love your inside…” and goes on to do fingers, toes, ears, eyes, hair etc. And when we come to a body part, we point to it, and say “Point to Isabelle’s (insert appropriate body part here)” Then, “Point to Mommy’s (insert appropriate body part here).” She had never really been into this. Once in a while, she would throw us a bone for all of our exuberance, and point to a nose or an ear. So we just assumed she wasn’t really getting it. Soon she tired of the book and we stopped reading it as much.



Well last weekend I pulled it out again, and started reading it. She jumped up and pointed to ALL of the correct parts right on cue: Finger, toes, top side, bottom side, ears, eyes , nose, and hair. We were shocked! She really is learning, she just refuses to be a circus monkey and perform for the joy of entertaining us.

4 comments:

jaydensjourney said...

Jayden loves books too, although he really does not enjoy being read to. He wants full control and spends 1/2 hour "reading" books for himself. A couple weeks ago he finally let me read a whole book to him...it would warm my heart if it weren't "Everyone Poops"

Michelle said...

Believe it or not Danielle the songs, or books that teach our kids their body parts, counting, abc's, etc. stay with you as a parent a lifetime.

Your post sparked a conversation about this song like thing that I was taught when I was a kid, and passed on to my kids about the face body parts. I thought everyone knew it. I was wrong. Obviously just my parents, myself, and my kids. Not even my sister recalls the memorable song.

Emily Jade said...

Reading stories DOES stay with them (and you...I can repeat every Parts book by rote)...just wait until one day she's reading the book TO you!!
I love the fact that you said she won't perform for you like a circus monkey - that's SO funny, and OH-so-true!!

Tara said...

Books are perfect for teaching. Carlie still loves some of her books that I call her "baby" books and will resite them almost word for word to Luke.
Both Carlie and Luke love to be read to! It is so important for their development, I think.

On another note, Isabelle is so cute!! I miss the toddler days with Carlie -- she has outgrown her toddler look and has turned into a little girl over night!!
Scary?!?